Make-Ahead Breakfast: Whole Grain Banana Oatmeal Waffles

Banana Oatmeal Waffles |

If “waffle” makes you think of the boxed up frozen kind or the topped with fake whipped cream and syrupy strawberries kind, then read on. Waffles can be healthy! As in totally whole-grain, dairy-free and refined-sugar-free healthy. They can also be as easy and weekday-friendly as toast….if you whip the batter up the night before.

Banana Oatmeal Waffles |

The love affair between me and waffles goes back a lot of years. My dad will tell you that in December of 1993, I famously forced him, my mom, brother and grandparents to drive halfway around the state of Arizona in search of a Mickey Mouse waffle iron. (Picture a waffle in the shape of a Mickey Mouse face, and you’ve got it.) We finally located one in the far corner of some now defunct American department store, and I have carried it with me for 21 years. These days it’s showing its age, and shedding whatever non-stick crap they used in 1993, but I do pull it out occasionally to make the Bean a special waffle treat.

Banana Oatmeal Waffles | www.kiwiandbean.comI’ve since acquired a second waffle iron (because no kitchen could possibly be complete with just one waffle iron, obviously) that makes—get this—FOUR massive waffles at once. That’s right: 1, 2, 3, FOUR!! No more standing next to a steaming waffle iron making waffles one by one. This thing demolishes an entire bowl of batter in two rounds.

When people ask me if I’m going to have more kids, I show them my waffle iron: Bring. It. On.

But enough about my waffle iron collection.

If you thought waffles were just a weekend treat thing, think again. I like to make these whole-grain, dairy-free, sugar-free ones for “Waffle Wednesday” in my house. The Bean and I whip up the batter—keeping the dry and wet ingredients separate—on Tuesday evening, and then we just combine and bake on Wednesday morning. It’s almost as quick as making toast, and about 472 times more delicious and exciting.

Banana Oatmeal Waffles |

The leftover waffles (if you have any) freeze beautifully and can be defrosted and re-crisped in a conventional toaster or toaster oven.

Whole Grain Banana Oatmeal Waffles

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: about 12 waffles (depending on the format of your waffle iron)


  • 1 ½ cups whole spelt flour (see note below for substitutions)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2-3 bananas)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup almond milk (see note below for substitutions)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil


  1. In a large Ziploc bag or container with a tight-fitting lid, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  2. In a smaller Ziploc bag or container with a tight-fitting lid, combine the banana, eggs, almond milk and rolled oats.
  3. Stash the wet mixture in the fridge overnight, and leave the dry mixture on the counter or in your pantry.
  4. In the morning, combine the wet and dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, whisking until blended. Stir in the vanilla extract and melted coconut oil.
  5. Pour batter onto a hot waffle iron and bake until crisp and golden brown.
  6. Serve waffles hot with a drizzle of maple syrup or a schmear of peanut butter. Yum!
  7. Let leftover waffles cool, then transfer them to a Ziploc bag and store them in the freezer. Reheat and re-crisp in the toaster.


Buttermilk or plain old cow's milk can be used in place of the almond milk, if you prefer. I expect coconut milk might also be a delicious substitution, but I haven't tried it (yet).

I love the flavour and nutritional profile of whole spelt, and use it in all my baking, but it can be substituted with whole wheat, white, or a mixture of both if that's all you've got.

If you don't have time to make the entire batter the night before, just combine the milk and rolled oats and let that mixture sit in the fridge for at least a half hour, or overnight if you can.


15 Responses to Make-Ahead Breakfast: Whole Grain Banana Oatmeal Waffles

  1. TamCrock January 5, 2019 at 9:48 am #

    I used cooked steel cut oats and the waffles were great!!! 5 stars ⭐️

  2. Kamila November 28, 2017 at 11:29 pm #

    Ok so I am not a person to leave comments about recipes that I like or don’t like. Ever. But I have made these waffles now over a dozen times and they are my go to waffle recipe so I thought I should break tradition and actually comment. I LOVE this recipe! It’s awesome and east and because it’s make ahead I can even make these mid week for my very picky toddler. Plus they freeze so well that a quick toast in the morning is like having fresh waffles again! I follow the recipe as is although usually use regular full fat milk since that’s what we have at home. They turn out just right every time. I have tried numerous other recipes and none even come close to these. They are filling and a tasty treat and some might even consider them healthy! Thanks for this excellent addition to our regular breakfast rotation!

  3. Betty Hawley May 13, 2017 at 8:04 pm #

    Shouldn’t oats be included with the dry ingredients in the instructions?

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  5. laura February 24, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

    Really good! Gave these a go this morning (did last nights prep too)Thanks for creating a healthier version, nice and filling too.

    • Sarah February 25, 2016 at 9:05 am #

      Glad to hear you enjoyed them Laura!

  6. Betty September 27, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    Please add me to your mailing list. I need some good menus and recipes to help me cook better for family

  7. Suzanne September 4, 2015 at 8:45 pm #

    I love these waffles, but I made a slight change to your recipe. Instead of the 1/3 cup of melted coconut oil, I use 1/3 cup of chunky peanut butter. I also add about 1/4 cup of dried cranberries. They are wonderful – thanks for the recipe!

    • Sarah September 9, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

      Great idea! I love these subs! Thanks for sharing :-).

  8. Jen January 8, 2015 at 10:57 pm #

    Love that I can prep these the night before. Gracias! My trio loves these.

  9. Jen December 28, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

    Hi S, can’t wait to try this. Have you tried this with brown rice flour?

    • Sarah December 29, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

      Hi Jen! I haven’t made them with straight up brown rice flour, but I have made them with a mixture of GF flours (including rice) and it worked really well. I find waffles to be quite forgiving (as in I take out the eggs, all the gluten, and it still works!) so brown rice should work fine! Let me know how it turns out.

  10. Kiwi June 26, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    Having experienced these first hand, I can tell you that they are absolutely to die for.

  11. Samantha May 29, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    I am so guilty of the frozen waffles. Definitely will try this!

  12. Liz May 29, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    These sound delicious and I’m sure my kids would love to wake up to these! 🙂

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